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Looking back at BHS homecomings

OK nostalgia buffs, it’s time to dust off the record books andremember some homecoming games at Brookhaven High School. The Sixclasses are being honored this year. That means those seniors weremembers of the Five football teams.

Does that make sense?

In this case, the Class of 1976 is celebrating its 30th reunion.The 1975 football team finished 3-7 under Coach Larry Thomas, aformer Ole Miss nose guard. The Panthers lost a 13-6 homecominggame to Hattiesburg.

Moving on to the Class of ’86. That ’85 team went 5-6 underfirst-year head coach James McCollum, losing 31-0 to Meridian inthe first round of the state playoffs. The Panthers beat JacksonJim Hill 21-14 for homecoming.

In 1995, the Class of ’96 saw their Panthers finish 4-6 in GregWall’s first year at the helm. They beat Jefferson County 22-14 ina happy homecoming.

In 2005, the Panthers trampled Florence 49-6 in a season delayedby Hurricane Katrina. Coach Tucker Peavey’s Panthers finished 6-4and advanced to the state playoffs, falling to Picayune.

In retrospect, the Six classes have many happy memories of theirhomecomings over the last 30 years. Barring a colossal upset Fridaynight on King Field, it should have another happy ending for BHSfaithful.

Meanwhile, Professor Hoopla, B.S., was trying to find his tuxedoto be worn to the homecoming dance. Thankfully, the trousers have astretch waist band.

Hoopla predicted the winners of 31 games last week and managedto get 24 correct. Here’s a preview of this weekend’s action,starting with two Thursday night specials.

Southwest at Hinds: Still staggering from anovertime loss to Co-Lin, the Eagles return to Raymond forhomecoming and scratch out a win. Hinds 27-24.

Valdosta State at Delta State: In a televisionspecial, quarterback Scott Eyster leads the Fighting Okra tovictory. Delta State 38-28.

Port Gibson at Brookhaven: Blue Waves arelooking forward to the basketball season. Brookhaven 52-6.

Brookhaven Academy at Adams County: UnbeatenCougars must beware of an ambush in the River City. BrookhavenAcademy 30-14.

Bogue Chitto at Salem: Looks like an offensiveshow in Walthall County. Bogue Chitto 36-25.

Mercy Cross at Enterprise: After a long busride from Biloxi, the Eagles take flight on Cole Field. Mercy Cross45-12.

Loyd Star at Madison St. Joseph: If the Hornetsplays four quarters, they should bring home a victory. Loyd Star21-14.

Dexter at West Lincoln: It’s the Hungry Bowl astwo win-starved (0-7) teams clash on Perry Miller Field. WestLincoln 21-20.

Wesson at St. Andrew’s: A large crowd surroundsthe field as the Region 6-2 leaders collide in an epic struggle.Wesson 28-27.

Copiah Academy at Hillcrest Christian: Colonelsbegin tuning up for the Class AA state playoffs. Copiah 27-18.

Lawrence County at Terry: Unbeaten Bulldogs areon a roll as they win their eighth straight game. Terry 36-21.

Franklin County at Columbia: Another talentedband of Bulldogs inches closer to the Region 7-3A championship.Franklin County 44-16.

In other area action, McComb should outscoreMendenhall 34-24, Hazlehurst should blast Jackson Bailey 49-6,North Pike should dump Wilkinson County 20-8, South Pike shouldtake Tylertown 26-18, and Yazoo County should ambush CrystalSprings 30-12.

On Saturday’s collegiate scene….

East Central at Co-Lin: It’s homecoming inWolfpack territory and that means a victory for the home team.Co-Lin 27-14.

Ole Miss at Alabama: Jimmy Johns scores anothertouchdown for the Crimson Tide. Alabama 28-13.

Jacksonville State at Mississippi State:Sylvester Croom keeps his fingers crossed as the injury-plaguedBulldogs survive. State 21-10.

Houston at Southern Miss: Disappointed by theirperformance at Tulsa, the Golden Eagles rebound against theCougars. Southern Miss 28-16.

Southern U. at Jackson State: The largest crowdand the second largest traffic jam of the season await Tigerfaithful. A victory will help their feelings. Jackson State38-27.

In other Magnolia State action, expect TexasSouthern to beat Alcorn State 28-19, West Virginia Tech to dumpBelhaven 20-10, Austin to edge Millsaps 17-14, Mississippi Collegeto beat LaGrange 31-13, and North Dakota State to sack Valley State33-20.

In the SEC, Arkansas over Southeast MissouriState 38-10, Auburn over Florida 21-20, Georgia over Vanderbilt28-14 and LSU over Kentucky 30-10. Tennessee and South Carolinahave open dates to contemplate the future.